SCE, authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), plans to cover up to 65 million square feet of unused Southern California commercial rooftops with 250 megawatts (MW) of the latest photovoltaic (PV) technology, which has sufficient capacity to meet the needs of approximately 162,000 US homes.
Under the terms of the agreement, Trina Solar is expected to supply SCE with 45 MW of PV modules at agreed prices with deliveries taking place between the second quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. The modules are expected to be used in SCE’s large solar PV installation program, otherwise known as the SCE Solar PV Program.
"This program is a milestone in utility-owned PV generation in the United States and Trina Solar is excited to play a significant part in supplying modules representing approximately 20 percent of the solar capacity needed for the program," said Mr. Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar.
"This is a major commitment by SCE towards clean power generation, and the fact that they have chosen Trina Solar to supply them with premium performance modules is expected to further increase the Company’s global reach and reputation for high quality products and raise brand awareness among key customers in the commercial and utility PV segment."
Initial shipments commenced in May 2010.